1st Vogue Festival at Royal Geographical Society Kensington, London
I joined Editors and fashion crews from all over the world for an experimental journey to the heart of British Fashion.
Alexandra Shulman was at the helm as British Vogue lauched a new fashion initiative at the Royal Geographocal Society.
The first Vogue Festival saw a convergence of fashion figures, fashion followers and the curious gather together for a series of informal light-hearted talks from people as diverse as Christopher Bailey of Burberry, Natalia Vodianova and Marygay McKee to the lady who invented the Dip Dye hair colour technique and many more fascinating characters from in and around the fashion world.
I thought the RGS was an inspired choice and a couple of years ago I attended an exhibition by an artist called Susan Stockwell that included dresses in Edwardian style made from Antique Maps and Old paper currency from around the globe.
British fashion is one of our leading intellectual and real exports and places us firmly at 1 of the 4 points of the fashion compass.
It's the perfect place to emphasise how truely global the fashion world is. In the baronial style great hall a montage of covers from past vogues was displayed alongside a beauty and make-overs bar swarming with young and aspiring Voguettes.
Below are a few of my favourite covers from the collection that where on on display.
Dior make a decision.
Ahead of their Pret a Porter Automne-Hiver 2012 show in Paris Dior announce Belgian Raf Simmons as the new lead designer of the House. I must first mention Bill Gaytten who as interim custodian of the Maison's ready to Wear, Cruise and Haute Couture won considered applause within the fashion world. Bill is well respected and known within the industry and his attempt to steady the ship was well received.
Raf comes from Jil Sander with an interest also in his own label, something that seems to be an essential to any designer hoping to make it to the top if the Fashion Tree.
Beauty, Grace & Style
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